accessory at the fact

Persons who were present at the commission of a crime only for the purpose of aiding, countenancing, or encouraging its perpetration, were, by the most ancient writers on the common law of England, described as accessories at the fact. Hence, they could not be brought to trial until the principal offenders had been convicted or outlawed. See note to State v Hildreth, 51 Am Dec 373. There seems to be no room for this classification under modern views. See accessory.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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